The Best Things to Do in Paris in September

This post lists our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris, including popular events, attractions, and festivals that are happening September 2021. Be sure to check the weather in Paris before you pack! 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

Our top 10 list includes some free things to do, family-friendly activities, and events happening in the evenings.


(1) See a Show at Moulin Rouge

If you’re looking for something that is a bit more stereotypically Parisian, why not see a show at the Moulin Rouge? The cabaret has exotic costumes, entertaining performers, and live music.

 

 

We recommend getting your tickets early, as performances tend to sell out a month or more in advance. 

This is likely to be especially accurate in September 2021, as this is the first month the Moulin Rouge will be open since they had to close down due to the pandemic.

Check out more nighttime activities on our full post.


(2) Enjoy a Taste of Paris

The Taste of Paris festival is scheduled to take place at the Temporary Grand Palais on Champ-de-Mars from September 16th – 19th, 2021.

 

 

Visitors can expect to sample dishes from some of the best chefs in all of Paris. There will also be artisans selling a variety of goods for your kitchen.

In addition to the food and vendors, you can also look forward to live stage demonstrations from the experts who will teach you how to cook great French food.

Learn more about Taste of Paris or get your tickets early to avoid missing out.


(3) Take a Sightseeing Tour

September means brisk weather and the chance to take a deep breath after the heat of the summer finally lets up.

This means it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the streets with a bike tour through Paris or a pay-what-you-wish walking tour with an entertaining guide. 

 

 

If you’re excited to try delicious French pastries and food, check out these popular food tours

Of course, if you’d rather explore on your own, self-guided walking tours are always a good option.

Rick Steves offers some downloadable audio tours that cover some neighborhoods and museums in Paris. 


(4) Attend the Techno Parade

Now in its 23rd year, the Techno Parade is a celebration of electronic music culture. Fans of techno will take the streets of Paris by storm, dancing along to the music being played at the event.

 

 

In addition to music and dancing, there will also be dozens of floats driving down the street alongside the dancers, each one representing an electronic label or group.

This parade is entirely free to attend, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy the music along with everyone else!

For official dates and other details, please check the official Techno Parade website.


(5) European Heritage Days

On the third weekend in September every year, the city celebrates European Heritage Days.

or two days, on September 18th and 19th of 2021, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication ensures that Parisian monuments are open for the public to enjoy. 

 

 

You can find concerts, gallery showings, and other events at participating venues throughout the city.

Some monuments and venues include the Philarhomie de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, and Elysee Palace. 


(6) See a Limited Time Art Exhibit

Starting on September 11th, Musee Jacquemart-Andre will be hosting an exhibition focusing on the work of Sandro Botticelli, one of the great Italian painters of the Renaissance era.

 

 

In addition to this event, there will also be a special exhibition of the Morozov Collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This show will feature a variety of French modern art.

Needless to say, if you are interested in art, you might also want to consider going to the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay, both renowned for having some of the most important artwork collections in the world.


(7) Paris Fashion Week

One of the most high-profile fashion weeks happens in Paris from September 27th – October 5th, 2021. This event sets the tone for fashion all over the world for the upcoming year.

 

 

There will be a few events open to the public, but tickets are in high demand so you should keep an eye on the calendar months in advance.

These events are generally independent of the official runway events, but still exciting for fashion fans.  


(8) Take a Day Trip to Versailles

In September, the weather is still brisk and pleasant enough to spend an enjoyable day exploring the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. 

 

 

The palace sits on a beautiful estate that has been the site of multiple important meetings and events throughout history and is only 40 minutes from Paris by train.

The gardens are large enough that we recommend budgeting at least half a day to explore or take a bike tour.

We have a full post on finding deals for your tickets and how to find interesting Versailles tours.


(9) Paris Garden Festival

Parisian parks and gardens everywhere are displaying their colorful autumn leaves, which makes it a perfect time for the Paris Garden Festival

You can see inside more than 150 parks and gardens, many of which aren’t usually open to the public. This includes Parc Monceau and Parc Georges Brassens.

 

 

You’ll also be able to find free activities in various districts of the city like guided tours, concerts, demonstrations, and workshops. 

For other free activities, take a look at our post about free things to do in Paris.

NOTE: Although the dates for this event haven’t been confirmed yet, it is looking likely that they will bring it back in 2021.


(10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

With a tourist attraction discount pass, you’ll get to see much more at a bulk discount – up to 55% for some popular attractions!

The passes give you bulk discounts since you’re getting entry to multiple attractions upfront. You’ll also get to skip box office lines at participating locations! 

 

 

Attractions Include:

  • Arc De Triomphe
  • Paris Aquarium
  • Paris Opera House
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
  • And much more.

For more information on all the discount passes available, check out our full pass comparison post.


UNKNOWN AVAILABILITY: See a Major Sporting Event

Summertime is coming to an end, but football season is still going! There should be plenty of matches during the month of September. 

 

 

Football (Soccer)

If you want to see all the events in September, click here.

If you’re looking for more family-friendly activities in Paris, check out our full post. 

NOTE: It has not yet been confirmed that fans will be allowed back into the stadiums/tickets will be sold for the 2021-2022 season.

 


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About the author

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.